WHAT WE DO

Skills Canada – Nova Scotia (SCNS) is a not-for-profit organization that provides Nova Scotian youth with opportunities to explore skilled trades and technologies through a range of programming. This is made possible by partnerships with industry, government, labour, and education. Our signature event is the annual Nova Scotia Skills Competition. SCNS is affiliated nationally with Skills / Compétences Canada and is associated with WorldSkills International.

Nova Scotians have the skills to succeed.

To provide opportunities for Nova Scotian youth to explore skilled trades and technologies, discover their passions and strive for excellence.

VALUES

ACCOUNTABILITY

CONTINUOUS LEARNING

COLLABORATION

EXCELLENCE

INCLUSION

INTEGRITY

SAFETY

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

As an ambassador or participant of Skills Canada – Nova Scotia (SCNS), I will act in a manner that is consistent with, and promotes the values of SCNS. This means I will:

  • Be safe.
  • Be present, committed, and engaged.
  • Value and support the contributions of others.
  • Be respectful and trustworthy.
  • Do my best and give my best.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Members of the Board are connected to skilled trades and technologies through industry, education, and government. The Board meets regularly, and an annual general meeting is held each fall in conjunction with our Skills Excellence Awards.
If you’re interested in becoming a board member, please contact our Executive Director, Courtney Gouthro: courtneygouthro@skillsns.ca or (902) 491-3598

LUKE YOUNG, President
Owner, Lucas Technology & Analytics
lukeyoung@skillsns.ca

ASHLEY DELONG, Vice President
Associate College Registrar, NSCC

TRENT SOHOLT Secretary / Treasurer
Executive Director, Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council

JEFFREY BARRETT
Investment Advisor, DFS Investments Inc

DAVID BENOIT
Captain (Navy) Commanding Officer, DND – Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott

CHRIS BOURQUE
Business and Operations Manager, Oceans Technology Council of Nova Scotia

SCOTT COLEMAN
Consultant, Nova Scotia Department of Education & Early Childhood Development        

DANNY CROUCHER
Commandant, DND – Naval Fleet School (Atlantic)

HEATHER CRUICKSHANKS
Owner, LE Cruickshanks

MARJORIE DAVISON
Cheif Executive Officer, Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency

SCOTT FURLOTTE
Faculty, NSCC

KEITH GELHORN 
ADHD/ Diverse-Abilities Transition Coach & Trainer, ADDvocacy ADHD & Life Skills Coaching Ltd.

TRACEY JOHNSON
Aboriginal Trades Coordinator, Native Council of Nova Scotia

CALUM MACLEOD 
Labour Relations Officer, Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association

GEORDIE WALSH
Faculty Electrical Training Trust Officer, IBEW LOCAL 625 JATC

STAFF

COURTNEY GOUTHRO

Executive Director
courtneygouthro@skillsns.ca
(902) 491-3598

JENNIFER LAMBE

Partnership Coordinator
jenniferlambe@skillsns.ca
(902) 491-4720 (w)
(902) 817-4734 (c)

LAURA KING

Program Manager
lauraking@skillsns.ca
(902) 491-4647 (w)
(902) 210-6210 (c)

ROBIN LORWAY

Disability Services Manager
robinlorway@skillsns.ca
(902) 491-4734

JANINE KING

Competition Coordinator
janineking@skillsns.ca
(902) 491-4640

CHRIS GALLANT

Promotions Coordinator
chrisgallant@skillsns.ca
(902) 491-4635

ALEX CLODD

Event Assistant
essentialskills@skillsns.ca
(902) 491-2374

IMPACT REPORT

Every fall, Skills Canada – Nova Scotia (SCNS) publishes its Impact Report. This report provides a brief overview of the organization and its partners, programs, and activities for the past year.

Click here to view our 2018 Impact Report.

VOLUNTEERS

Every year, hundreds of volunteers—from coaches to competition organizers, board members to tour guides — donate their time in support of Skills Canada – Nova Scotia (SCNS), and we are extremely grateful for their contributions.

Click here to become a volunteer.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond in helping our organization support Nova Scotian youth.


Click here for the Volunteer of the Year Nomination form.

DISABILITY SERVICES

Disability Services is a SCNS initiative that celebrates and fosters the skills of persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia.

SCNS provides persons with disabilities across the province the opportunity to explore skilled trades and technologies, and develop their workplace skills. In addition to ensuring all SCNS programs are accessible, SCNS provides workshops specifically for persons with disabilities.

To learn more about this initiative and the programs we offer, please click here.

Contact our Disability Services Manager, Robin Lorway at: robinlorway@skillsns.ca or (902) 491-4734